Skydive over Fox Glacier - New Zealand
Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
125Trip End Sep 15, 2011
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It was our plan to skydive the day after but after arriving early and seeing that the weather was perfect there was no time like the present to jump out of a plane!
We had a quick safety check, practiced the banana pose that you have to adopt when skydiving, put our parachute packs on and the next thing we were 12,000 feet above Mount Cook and Fox Glacier.
As soon as the side door opened on the tiny one seater plane it was time! The feeling of falling at 200 kph from a plane for 45 seconds cannot be beaten
We have photos up to the point we jumped out the plane but none during our freefall or parachuting. Unfortunately you will have to wait until we get back to watch our skydive videos and see our faces as we dropped 4.2km.
After our amazing skydive we drove to Lake Matheson, 2km away from Fox Glacier town, and walked around the lake contemplating what we had just done.
The next morning we walked up to the terminal face of Fox Glacier. The shear size of the valley was deceptive. The glacier looks extremely small, but is in fact 9km long. It took us a while to reach the face. Whilst walking back to our campervan there were loads of sand flies attacking us. We squashed loads but the bites itched lots, much worse than mosquito bites.
We told the women behind the counter at the local shop in Fox Glacier town about the sand flies. She told us that the best way to get rid of them is flick them away and not squashed them. She said more will come as they can smell the bladder of the dead sand fly. Also avoid wearing dark clothes. We on the other hand squashed them and wore dark clothes, so no wonder they kept attacking us.
That afternoon we drove 30 minutes towards Franz Josef where we had another walk to another glacier.
Fox Glacier byla dalsi zastavka na nasi cesto po Novem Zeladu a take misto, kde jsme chteli skocit padakem. Prijeli jsme sem kolem obeda po peti hodinach v aute a nase prvni zastavka vedla do agentury, pres kterou jsme si zamluvili skok padakem na druhyn den. Chteli jsme se ujistit, ze je vse ok, ale oni nam rekli, ze muzem jit na skok ted hned, jelikoz bylo nadherne pocasi a meli volne misto.
Mozna bylo dobre, ze vsechno slo tak rychle, jelikoz nebyl cas si to rozmyslet
Kdyz jsme rozdychali skok padakem , jeli jsme k jezeru Matheson, ktere je zhruba 10 minut od Fox Glacier. Jezero je oblibenou turistickou zastavkou, jelikoz se vam zde naskytne nejkrasnejsi pohled na jizni Alpy a Mt. Cook, ktery se odrazi od hladiny jezera.
Druhy den jsme vyrazili k ledovci Fox Glacier, ktery je dlouhy 13km a je tudiz nejvetsim ledovcem na Novem Zelandu. Zasli jsme pouze k celu ledovce, jelikoz dal se bez pruvodce nedostanete a pote jsme vyrazili do vesnicky Franx Josef Glacier, kde nas druhy den cekal vyslapt na Franx Josef ledovec.